A New Hope
Hey everyone, Tim and I made it in fine. It was a superfast 4 hours of travelling. Just kidding, things sucked. Trip started off on the wrong track. Tim got stuck in traffic. That left me lugging around Nick's 2 suitcases by myself. Tim had to park in long term parking to save time. Both of us first went to Terminal 5 at O'Hare cuz we were flying British Airways to the UK. Turns out flew out of Terminal 3 because BA was being operated by American Airlines. Not that they could've mentioned that in our ticket or anything. We both made the flight ok and spent the next 7 hours flying to Britain. Couldn't sleep a wink. At Manchester we tried to contact Sabine since she was going to pick us up at Paris. We got an earlier flight and wanted her to pick us up early. Trying to call her using an international phone was interesting. Also since we needed pounds, we had to get change and bought a few beers. We didn't know her cell so decided to email her in the chance she'll read it. We managed to send her an email which she never read but we did get her cell # fro, one of her emails. Another 2 hour flight got us to Paris. In Paris, we did manage to call to call her and in another hour we were on our way. Her friend Batan drove us through Paris to her sister's place where we were staying. Parisian traffic sucks bad. Much worse than Chicago and the people drive without traffic lanes and weave in and out very quickly. But since they actually pay attention to the road, they manage not to kill each other. We're staying at Sabine's sister (Arianne) apt in Malakoff just south of Paris. I was just glad to drop off Nick's stuff but we were soon on our way exploring Paris. We head to the center of the tourist neightborhood Champ de Mars for a boat tour. We got to see a ton of things from the Seine River but it was a bit cold, unseasonably so for Paris. The girls were glad to have it over but the sights were impressive. All the buildings in Paris are built of stone, nice for fires but bad for cost. The architecture is classic and historic where all the building build a complete scene that fit together. Even the modern doesn't stick out from the classic Parisian ambiance. By now, we are starving so we head to the famous cafe Les Deux Magot (not the 2 maggots btw). Had some wine and the now Chicago banned foie gras. After checking out the Eiffel Tower we head over to the Latin Quarter for some food. We dine at the Chat Qui Peche or fishing cat. I got the onion soup, salmon and creme bruelet. Tim actually got some snails on purpose mind you. I got to try one or rather had to try one by our little group. yum! Nothing like a snail to get you in the mood for dinner. The food and wine is good but I wasn't floored by it and I've never been too interested in educating myself in wine. But when in Paris, do as the Parisians do. To top off the night we head into Saint Germaine and have a drink in a piano bar. Pretty fun and the singers were singing a lot of American songs. Batan even got up to sing a song! She sang "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston. Not an easy song to sing but she did awesome and in english to boot. We were pretty impressed but she'll probably keep her day job for now. On the way back we drive by the Champ - Elysees where a huge amount of shops and restaurants are that puts Michigan Ave to shame. But I was far too exhausted from sneezing and getting 20 minutes of sleep to keep my eyes open. We get to the apt by 2am and I finally get to sleep. Sleep is good.